Kraftwerk co-founder and former member Florian Schneider has passed away at age 73, Billboard, ORF and others confirm. ORF writes that he died of cancer and The Guardian that it happened one week ago. Media outlets refer to Sony Music in Berlin.
The rumors started when Wolfgang Flür posted a picture of Schneider on April 26, without further explanation. Today, it all accelerated after a Facebook post from Robert Görl, where he indicated Schneider had passed away. He has now removed his post after a request from Schneider’s family.
Florian Schneider was one of the most important names in electronic music – a true pioneer. RIP.
Photo from the Arvika festival 2004 by: Fredrik Wik Clarke (Release)